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Slow Medicine Study Group

A 10 Month Immersion into the Art & Practice of Living

2nd Friday of each Month, September 2018 to June 2019 | 12-1:30PM

SunRaven Farm-to-Table Lunch, Learning and Discussion

Einstein once said, “A human being is a part of the whole called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but the striving for such achievement is in itself part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

The Slow Medicine Study Group is designed to provide individuals with an immersion into the practice of living in harmony and balance, in order to achieve a state of ultimate health and well-being. The course is also geared to helping individuals teach these same principles to others at its completion, as one of the goals of this work is to share it more broadly with others, as a way to shift the dominant “disease-oriented” paradigm of modern life. Indeed, embracing the challenges and learning to navigate them skillfully is the key to recovery and sustainable vitality.

The course is set up around 10 monthly meetings. Participants will be provided a syllabus with readings and other useful information. There will be study guides and workbooks that provide instructions and formal assignments on adopting and practicing the tools discussed.

Here is the outline of each chapter:

  1. Slow Medicine: Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System and its effect on our body, mind and spirit
  2. Ecosystem Awareness: Human Beings in relationship with the Earth and the Cosmos
  3. Clinical Practice 1 – Intention Setting, The Highest Good
  4. Clinical Practice 2 – Consciousness, Caring and Loving Detachment; and The Art of Communication
  5. Clinical Practice 3 – Family Constellations (past and present)
  6. Clinical Practice 4 – Interdependence and Integration
  7. A Higher Power: Exploration of Alternative Realities and our Relationship to the Divine
  8. Creativity: Rethinking Our Purpose
  9. Integrating the Principles of Slow Medicine into Life and Practice
  10. The Art of Living: Celebration and Ritual

Robin and Michael will lead each discussion to explain and illustrate the principles of Slow Medicine and share clinical examples. Practitioners who attend will also be invited to share their own case presentations and the entire group will reflect on the material and support each other.

The monthly gatherings will include a fresh SunRaven farm to table lunch that will be prepared by Michael and enjoyed by all.

Every other month, Robin and Michael will host a special “process group” for the participants in the SunRaven Tipi. And each person will receive 5 hours of Individual Coaching and Support Sessions with Robin and Michael as well.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)